This thread is to discuss planetary resource distribution and blockades. Thanks to eleazar for much of the prep work for this.
The fundamental game mechanics of global queues / stockpiles, and instant resource distribution are not up for review. However, there is much potential for interesting game mechanics and strategies if a system similar to fleet resupply is used to determine how resources (food, minerals, and industry) can be shared between planets. Ideally, such systems should be as similar as possible, to make understanding them as simple as possible. So, like fleet supply, it could be possible to blockade a system or group of systems by blocking their starlane path to the rest of an empire.
This thread is not about alternate means (pirates, raiders, etc.) that could cause resource supply blockages.
* Should blockades be possible?
* What can cause a blockade? (What occurs when a blockade isn't happening, if relevant?)
* How widespread are the effects of a blockade, and what rules determine the range of a blockade, or which systems are affected?
** Does a blockade only limit resource supply to the blockaded system itself?
** Or are systems "further upstream" (by whatever definition applies) be blockaded as well?
** Or any nearby systems?
*** To varying degrees?
** Does the empire's Capitol play a special role in resource redistribution?
* What happens during a blockade?
** Can a blockaded planet send out any resources?
*** What happens to excess resources which can't leave the planet?
*** Is there a difference between sending out resources, and those resources actually arriving somewhere they can be used or stockpiled?
** Can a blockaded planet receive any resources?
** What share (if any) of the global stockpile does a planet have when a blockade begins?
* Are less physical resources: research and trade, effected the same way food, minerals, and industry are?Links:Directly applicable:
The Merchant Marine: http://www.freeorion.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1187
"Redistribution & Blockades: a simple solution": http://www.freeorion.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=26823
"Display of Starlanes and Supply Lines": http://www.freeorion.org/forum/viewtopi ... =10&t=1797Indirectly applicable:
"Design: Stockpiles": http://www.freeorion.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=118
Incomplete public review of stockpiles: http://www.freeorion.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=132
How we got our global production queue: http://www.freeorion.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=634